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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Christian Rott, glass-manufacturer, Wilkinsburg, was born in the village of Baden Hausen, Brunswick, Germany, October 29, 1843. His grandfather was Christian Rott. In 1850 his parents, Christian (a blacksmith by trade) and Elizabeth (Heisecke) Rott, came to America and settled at Pittsburgh. The father died in 1875; the mother is still living. There were three sons, of whom Frederick, the eldest, resides at Pittsburgh, and Louis, the youngest, at Homestead. Christian attended the common and high schools of the city till sixteen years old; then spent two years in a shovel-factory. By a fall through a skylight both his arms were broken, and the right never recovered its strength. Later he kept books for a soap-factory, and afterward he took the place of the foreman, and made soap for four years. In 1878 he became a partner in the firm of George A. McBeath & Co., the largest manufacturers of lamp-chimneys in the world. In March, 1884, he moved into the residence which he had built in Wilkinsburg, and commenced to beautify the grounds. He is quite as successful at horticulture as in his other undertakings. He frequently visits Europe, and gets all the points on glass-manufacture that are obtainable. He is a member of the Swedenborgian Church in Allegheny City, and of the L. of H., R. A. and A. O. U. W. He is a republican with free-trade tendencies; was a member of the Pittsburgh city council one year, and was active in procuring a borough organization for Wilkinsburg; is now secretary of three building and loan associations. In June, 1871, he married Sarah, daughter of C. C. Johnson, of Monongahela City, and she has borne him three children: William Frederick, Cora and Walter Christian.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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